Rafael Sabatini - Entertaining, Intelligent Swashbuckling
I discovered Rafael Sabatini through audio of his two most popular books, Scaramouche and Captain Blood. I didn't realize for some time that these were just a small sampling of Sabatini's work.
He wrote 31 novels, not to mention numerous short stories and other works. As if that weren't impressive enough, he spoke seven languages and then learned English specifically for writing because, he said, "all the best stories are written in English." He had to write for 25 years before achieving fame with Scaramouche (After which the publishers said, "Wait, look at all these other great books he's written!" and rushed them into print.) Sabatini just kept on writing even more great books.
I love knowing that there are so many of his books out there to read. They are all adventure and romance novels with clever dialogue and elaborate plots. Heroes, swordfights, and chivalry abound though often with characters that go against our expectations, which just adds to the enjoyment. Almost all of them have historical...
The last Posts from "Happy Catholic"
- We're Back!
- Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux: The Strong Woman Called the "Little Flower"
- Julie's hanging on to her skeleton. Scott is trying to hide from the wind
- Miss Bailey with the African Shawl
- The only way in is on your knees
- Feast of the Guardian Angels
- The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski
- Night's Bright Darkness by Sally Read
- One can never wrestle enough with God if one does so out of pure regard for the truth
- Café Américain
- This Diwali - Thugs Of Hindostan
- Great First Line: Hogfather
- Julie knows there's going to be trouble when Scott picks up a drum kit at the drug store
- Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises
- Marsh Harrier
- It is a curious thing
- Braniff stewardesses in the 1960s
- America and space
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The Last Trip
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Down the Garden Path by artist Pat Meyer
12 x 16 oil on linencontact artist to purchasePat Meyer.net My neighbor was kind enough to let me come and sit and paint her side garden going down the side walk. The flowers...
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Lawson Wood - part 2
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Uptown Q train
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Year In Review: 2016
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341 Eclipse 2017 Buy Now. fredswall.com. This 6x6" painting is done with high quality oil paint on a panel with a cradle on the back. This makes for easy hanging and a frame is...
Amelia and Pup Portrait
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Downtown D train
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2016
Hey all, happy summer! The International Animated Film Festival took place last week in Annecy, and yours truly got to attend!! (You can check out my blog post from the 2014...